South 70 Band at the Liberty Theater, August 23, 2014
South 70, a band named after the Louisiana highway that runs through the town of Pierre Part on the eastern edge of the Atchafalaya swamp, brought their brand of swamp pop music to the Liberty Theater August 23, 2014.

They played swamp pop classics like “I Got Loaded,” “Mathilda,” and “Ain’t Got No Home” and covered other songs popular in South Louisiana like “Games People Play,” “Mustang Sally,” “My Boogie Shoes,” and “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You,” as well as Wayne Toups’s versions of “Tupelo Honey” and “Please Explain.” They also performed “La porte d’en arriêre” and “Lacassine Special” in French and included three originals, “Open Bars” “As I Lie,” and ”Love You More,” closing with another classic, “Jambalaya.”

Lead vocalist Scott Metrejean explained that the band members have close ties to other musicians from Pierre Part, especially swamp pop star Don Rich. The rest of the band included Nolan Richard on lead guitar; Colby Boudreaux on accordion; Perry Aucoin on rhythm guitar; Joey Dupuis on bass; Brent Blanchard on drums; and Loren DuBois on rubboard.

Cajun musician Ryan Simon, who emceed the show, recounted his memories of his grandfather and uncle as swamp pop musicians and of listening to swamp pop with his family at campgrounds.

The evening offered the crowd an enjoyable, entertaining chance to experience yet another genre of music with roots in American popular culture uniquely transformed into a South Louisiana sound that has gained international fame.

For more information about the South 70 Band, go to www.south70band.com/.

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